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Mills Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division On Indian Lake

Warrick wins co-angler title

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

Craig Mills of Hamilton, Ohio wins Buckeye Division super tournament.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Sep. 18, 2012 - LAKEVIEW, Ohio)

Craig Mills of Hamilton, Ohio, weighed a two-day total of nine bass totaling 17 pounds, 7 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division super tournament on Indian Lake in Lakeview, Ohio, on Sunday. For his victory, Mills earned $7,270.

"I started off on day one fishing the rocks out on the main lake," said Mills.

"I was able to catch three on a black and blue-colored jig, and two on a white spinnerbait. I was only able to boat five keepers on the first day, and that put me 4 pounds out of the lead. I knew that if I wanted to win the tournament that I would need to change it up."

With changing weather conditions and a fresh game plan for day two, Mills decided to investigate some areas where he had found success in the past.

"On day two, I went to some new areas that I had not fished in a while," Mills continued. "It was very sunny, and the wind had picked up a little bit, so I targeted the windblown banks that had a little breeze pushing into them. I threw a frog and was able to boat two 3 1/2-pounders fairly quickly. I switched back to the jig and was able to catch a couple more. It was pretty tough out there, but the frog bites turned out to be the key for me. I knew that in order to win I was going to have to swing for the fences, so that?s what I did."

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd: Tony Newland Hamilton, Ohi nine bass 17-6 $2,635
3rd: Jeremy Penwalte Fort Jennings, Ohio nine bass 16-9 $1,758
4th: Nick Prvonozac Warren, Ohio nine bass 16-7 $1,230
5th: Jason Schaurer West Milton, Ohio 10 bass 15-10 $1,054
6th: Michael Manor Sidney, Ohio nine bass 14-13 $966
7th: Gary Ginter Maplewood, Ohio six bass 14-12 $878
8th: Mark Hurst Troy, Ohio 10 bass 13-11 $790
9th: Dan Fry Marysville, Ohio 10 bass 13-6 $703
10th: Bob Otto Beavercreek, Ohio 10 bass 13-1 $615

Brett Warrick of Westerville, Ohio, weighed in seven bass totaling 10 pounds even Sunday to win $2,563 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: James McWhorter Hamilton, Ohio eight bass 9-14 $1,281
3rd: Melvin McNeal Circleville, Ohio eight bass 9-14 $853
4th: Brad Lyon Columbus, Ohio four bass 9-7 $598
5th: Dave Davenport Milford, Ohio seven bass 8-13 $513
6th: Trent Norman Cincinnati, Ohio seven bass 8-5 $470
7th: George Ginter Sidney, Ohio seven bass 8-3 $427
8th: Adam Smith Napoleon, Ohio five bass 7-3 $384
9th: Gary Hammaker Fort Recovery, Ohio three bass 5-14 $342
10th: Andre Roach Findlay, Ohio four bass 5-4 $299

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 11-13 Regional Championship on Lake Barkley in Kuttawa, Ky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing ? the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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